Though not as well known in Western Europe and the US as some of his contemporaries, Russian painter Valentin Aleksandrovitch Serov is well known and much admired in his home country — so much so that a show of his work currently at the Tretyakov gallery in Moscow has hosted record crowds, and even suffered broken entrance doors in a crush of queued visitors.
Serov was one of the great portrait painters of the late 19th century, as well as landscape painter, illustrator, graphic artist and stage designer.
His style combines elements of traditional Russian and European portraiture and landscape with more experimental styles. He was one of the earliest Russian painters to experiment with Impressionism.
Valentin Serov at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow continues to 31 january 2016
For more, see my previous post on Velentin Serov.
Valentin Serov in Tretykov Gallery permanent collection
Article about exhibit on Yahoo News
Russia Beyond the Headlines
Russian site devoted to Serov, via Google Translate
Valentin Serov on WikiArt
Google Art Project
Serov's Gouache Portraits, Gurney Journey
Art and Influence
Valentin Serov (Best Of Collection), (Amazon)
Bio on Wikipedia
Bio on Russiapedia
My previous post on Velentin Serov
2 Replies to “Valentin Serov at the Tretyakov Gallery”
Thanks for the introduction! Lovely work!
Really beautiful stuff! I love discovering artists from that era, and I love his palette. It’s interesting to see some really loose painterly strokes and then the bold graphic quality of the last piece.
P.S. I’m from the Philly area too, N.C. Wyeth was a big influence for me. I’ll be sure to check back with you for what you’ll show next!
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